Dungeons, dragons, and magic! With 3 seasons in the making, DanMachi sets itself aside among several battle-oriented animes because of its unique title, storyline, and sets of characters!
The source material for this series are light novels. But with funny, serious, and battle-worthy characters, the anime is setting itself up to be one of the most adventuristic series of this year!
Speaking of battle-worthy characters, who do you think should be grouped as the strongest ones in the series? Today, let me present to you my top 10 in the DanMachi universe!
Asterius is half-man half rhino, and he is thus called the “Black Rhinos Xenos”. He is an intimidating Minotaur given his 2-meter height. He also possesses red horns and muscular arms to beef up his appearance!
Asterius is thirsty for battle! Rather than killing, his love for battle drives his fighting and strengthening abilities! He possesses high body resistance and uses an axed-shaped lighting magic sword as his base weapon.
Even if he is a rhino or a Minotaur, Asterius howls so any opponents he deemed unworthy will be eliminated.
Aside from his sword and his full breastplate, he wields a double-bladed battle axe! He truly is fitting of the name “Asterius” which means lightning in Greek mythology!
Now, here’s a skilled weapon fighter who fears almost nothing! Revis is a redhead creature tamer currently serving Enyo.
Though her cold personality is unmatched, she demeans herself by thinking she’s nothing more than a tool for her employer!
She may be loyal, but she doesn’t blindly follow every one of their orders. Her refusal to deal with the Loki Familia is proof of this!
Since she’s a “Creature” girl, Revis can tame a variety of monsters! Her source of strength is when she eats magic stones! Revis doesn’t only control beasts, but also Demi Spirits.
The danger in her powers lies in her restraint on the creatures. In other words, she loses control of them if her soothing voice doesn’t reach them!
An executive, a First-Class Adventurer, and a warrior who dresses fashionably even in breastplates! That’s Ais for you – the strongest adventurer in the Loki Familia! This gal wouldn’t let her guard down even in front of her crush – Bell!
Her signature powers include wind elemental enchant magic, otherwise known as “Ariel”. Not only do her they enable her to create fortresses of wind; they also serve as shields or armours! Revis even dubbed her wind powers as the “Great Spirit’s Wind”!
The second magical ability that Ais possess is the “Avenger” – an attack that enabled her to battle reptilian monsters! The reason why it’s called the “Avenger” is that its battle power increases whenever Ais hates more.
This special magical ability varies according to the hateful emotions that Ais feels. If she hates something or someone on surface level, she’s only causing explosions; but if it peaks, it’s going to cause something like an earthquake!
Ottar (whose title is the “Knight of Knights”) is a Level 7 Captain of the Freya Familia who is a humanoid beast. You might think at first that he is beast first before man. But in truth, he is a creature that embodies “a human heart within a beast”.
In other words, he didn’t always start out as a beast possessing superior physical strength, Vana Arganture abilities (increasing his powers tenfold), and Beastification (unleashing his violent persona and wild beast powers).
Freya extended her hands to him when he was just a dying child somewhere off the streets. She found Ottar in an alley and took him in because she finds him remarkably beautiful. Because of her kindness, Ottar is indebted to Freya forever.
A quiet, but nevertheless, powerful mage. At first look, she is the ice queen. But in reality, she’s been battling an incurable disease since her birth! So, fans shouldn’t belittle her just because she looks calm most of the time from the outside.
Her signature powers include Concurrent Chanting and super short chant magic (otherwise known as “Satanas Verion”). Out of these two techniques, “Concurrent Chanting” is the harder between the two.
If she fails a chant, then she loses control of her magical powers. Meanwhile, the “Satanas Verion” of her chant magic is a dense mechanism using sound blasts and shockwaves.
Alfia was only 16-years old when she fought the One-Eyed Black Dragon (OEBD) with her allies: Maxim, The Empress, and so many others of the Zeus and Hera Familia.
She was defeated along with them. During the Dark Ages seven years ago, the Astraea Familia beat her and Alfia’s body was burned to ashes.
Maxim is a Level 8 Captain of the Zeus Familia. Many thought that he died when fighting the OEBD, but this is simply untrue! He didn’t really die during the battle with the dragon.
Rather, his defeat only dragged in another rumour: the “death” of the powerful The Empress (a Level 9 Captain of the Hera Familia).
However, Maxim’s defeat moulded the heroism of the next generation. You could say that his circumstances back then served as a stepping-stone for the youth of the DanMachi universe.
Maxim’s name was also barely mentioned in the series. For example, his name appeared for the first time in the Astrea Record Extra Story in the Japanese edition of the light novel.
The Astrea Record also hinted that Maxim survived the battle. He returned to Orario before his “death”.
The Empress may be the Hera Familia’s Captain, but the hard and fast rule about her is that she is a mystery goddess! As a Level 9 Captain, she is also dubbed as one of the adventurers of the Hera Familia.
The Empress also has facial features and personality traits that are eerily similar to the goddess Hera –beautiful yet arrogant!
For now, no one knows the Empress’ real name. Others speculate that her real identity is Evelda, but this is untrue! The Empress made her legendary mark in the series when she defeated the OEBD 15 years ago.
This event, of course, happened before the series even started. So, not many things can be said about her.
When she defeated the dragon 15 years ago with Maxim, she was rumoured to have “died” alongside him. This brings another question. Did the Empress overpower Maxim in defeating the dragon, or did was he leading the way?
In any case, her battle accomplishments with Maxim put them on a whole new level! The battle strategies she implemented to defeat the dragon must have taken her a brilliant mind and the mightiest of her strengths!
Zald is the monstrous-eating glutton in the show because of his Deus Ambrosia ability. What this really means is that Zald can consume flesh after flesh after flesh.
In fact, after eating the Behemoth monster, Zald gained the confidence to win his fights no matter how difficult they are! He devours his enemies and searches for new battlefields to upgrade his strength and stamina.
But at the end of the day, Zald is a broken, exhausted, and disillusioned character whose goal is to destroy Orario. And in doing so, he abetted Erebus’ schemes.
One thing I’d like to emphasize on Zald’s personality throughout the series is his character regression. Once upon a time, Zald’s immense strength and flaming Rea Ambrosia magic covered his super-powered façade.
But when his Familia was defeated and his captain died, it seems as if he lost his purpose. He feels deflated and became unmotivated to pursue a stronger body.
Albert is the second strongest character in the DanMachi universe. Although the fandom weeps for Albert’s death after he fought the OEBD, there’s no reason why he wouldn’t come back.
First of all, there’s a possibility that the OEBD could revive Albert back to life. It could be blood, reincarnation, devious deals, or servitude. Whatever methods they will be, only time will confirm how gruesome Albert’s revival will be.
Albert’s battle proficiency in sword wielding is his primary strength. He’s described as a “Sword Champion”. His popularity in the fandom only surged because he used the “Power of a Contract” to help seal the dungeon over 1,000 years before the series even began!
1One Eyed Black Dragon (OEBD)
The One-Eyed Black Dragon or the OEBD is the strongest character in DanMachi. Right now, no one can pinpoint the OEBD’s real identity. However, people know one fact: the OEBD is not just an omniscient unseen deity!
Contrary to what many people think, the OEBD is not the peak or the apex of a certain characters’ powers (ahem, ahem — “Monster Rex”). Certainly not!
Instead, the OEBD is an “irregular”. Its role in the DanMachi universe is to become the “final great calamity.” Don’t you think it sounds scary? Not only is it deemed an “irregular”; rather, the OEBD wishes to become the “big bad” of the world.
Call the OEBD a “true form” if you will. But what intrigues me are the rumours about its ancestry. The OEBD is ancient and is pure destruction by definition.
Its true identity ranges from Monster Rex to Odin to monstrous reincarnated Xenoses. Only time will tell whether the OEBD can achieve its dream to battle with Bell! 😁
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? also known as DanMachi for short, is a Japanese light novel series written by Fujino Ōmori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda.
The story follows the exploits of Bell Cranel, a 14-year-old solo adventurer under the Goddess Hestia. As the only member of the Hestia Familia, he works hard every day in the dungeon to make ends meet while seeking to improve himself.
He looks up to Ais Wallenstein, a famous and powerful swordswoman who once saved his life and fell in love with him.
He is unaware that several other girls, deities, and mortals alike, also develop affections towards him, most notably Hestia herself. He also gains allies and improves himself with each new challenge he faces.